Former President Donald Trump blasted the Pulitizer Prize board for refusing to rescind 2018 awards given to the New York Times and the Washington Post on their Russiagate reporting after it was debunked.
“The Pulitzer Board has taken away any shred of credibility it had left with its ‘response’ regarding the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, which was awarded to The New York Times and the Washington Post for blatant fake news,” Trump told Fox News Digital in an interview.
“Instead of acting with integrity and providing transparency, the Pulitzer board is running cover for the biggest reporting failure in modern history: the fake Russia, Russia, Russia collusion hoax. Why would the Washington Post or The New York Times ever want to admit their obvious mistakes and come clean when their false reporting is being guarded, and awarded, by the Pulitzer Prize, which at one point actually meant something?” he continued.
“These outlets should hand back their prizes without notification from Pulitzer, which would be the honorable thing to do,” Trump added. “The only way The New York Times and the Washington Post should get a possible Pulitzer Prize would be in a new category — disinformation, for helping to perpetrate a false story created and peddled by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and certain lowlife Democrats.”
Trump wants the pulitzer prizes awarded to the (NYT) & Wa-Po on their fakenews stories on Russian Collusion rescinded, i agree with Trump, don't you
— Chicago1Ray 🇺🇸 (@Chicago1Ray) July 19, 2022
A source who is dialed in on Trump’s legal strategy commented to Fox News that “all options are on the table to ensure proper transparency and restore the integrity of the Pulitzer Prize” after the board’s announcement on Monday that it would stand by the 2018 awards.
“The truth is that the 2018 Pulitzer Prize was handed out for reporting that merely parroted political disinformation — disinformation that we know was fabricated by foreign operatives and my political opponents. If the Pulitzer Prize has become a blatant acknowledgment of false, liberal political propaganda, then the Pulitzer board should just say so,” Trump asserted.
“Instead, they hide their supposed ‘independent investigations’ in a veil of secrecy, so the public cannot know the truth. I will continue doing everything possible to right the wrong caused by the 2018 Pulitzer Prize,” he vowed.
“The media elites, who are desperately trying to maintain the perception of power, are united in doing everything they can to stop President Trump from saving America. They spent his entire term in office reporting propaganda as fact and rewarding it with ‘Prizes,'” Trump communications director Taylor Budowich told Fox News Digital. “Still, President Trump isn’t backing down, and he is committed to exposing the entire media industrial complex for their lack of transparency and integrity.”
This goes to the reputation of the Pulitzer. Why support an award when it has been determined it was given under false pretenses? The media who got the Pulitzer were the ones who said they lied. Anyone who has a Pulitzer should be concerned – their awards now mean nothing.
— FreedomSupporter (@DFWTexas2022) July 19, 2022
On Monday, the board announced that it will continue to stand by the controversial awards despite the debunking of the Russia collusion hoax that was the premise for the reporting.
“The Pulitzer Prize board has an established, formal process by which complaints against winning entries are carefully reviewed. In the last three years, the Pulitzer board has received inquiries, including from former President Donald Trump, about submissions from The New York Times and the Washington Post on Russian interference in the U.S. election and its connections to the Trump campaign–submissions that jointly won the 2018 National Reporting prize,” the Pulitzer Prize board remarked.
“These inquiries prompted the Pulitzer board to commission two independent reviews of the work submitted by those organizations to our National Reporting competition. Both reviews were conducted by individuals with no connection to the institutions whose work was under examination, nor any connection to each other. The separate reviews converged in their conclusions: that no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes,” the board disingenuously wrote. “The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in National Reporting stand.”
The Pulitzer Prize board rejects complaints from Trump and others about Pulitzers given to the NYT and WP in 2018 for coverage of Russian interference in the US election and its connections to the Trump campaign.https://t.co/WoYmhTj3uJ pic.twitter.com/QXOtG3eSUy
— Cliff Levy (@cliffordlevy) July 18, 2022
Trump’s legal team was incensed over it.
“The idea that President Trump plotted with Vladimir Putin to skew the 2016 election in his favor was always preposterous. Since 2018, if not before, it has been clear that the articles upon which the Pulitzer Board based its Prize include numerous false statements that are defamatory to our client,” a fiery letter from Trump’s attorneys John P. Rowley III and John S. Irving said. “We assume that in awarding the Prize, the board was misled by frenzied media reports alleging that President Trump colluded with Russia. That was never plausible, and it has since been proven to have been a cynical invention of Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the DNC.”
“We hope that this information is helpful to the Pulitzer committee’s consideration of President Trump’s objections to the continuing publication of the Prize awarded to The New York Times and the Washington Post. The Pulitzer board should not have its imprimatur on a storyline that has been shown to be a political smear by Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the DNC, and which is injurious to our client,” they charged.
“Surely, the findings of multiple investigations, the trial testimony of former Clinton campaign officials, and other revelations since 2017 have made it clear that the articles upon which the Prize is based are unworthy of that honor,” the letter concluded. “We request the opportunity to speak with the Pulitzer committee so that we may offer any further assistance it needs to correct the record and promote journalistic fairness and integrity.”
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